Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Paperback)
  • Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Paperback)

Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Paperback)

Paperback 560 Pages / Published: 27/05/2008
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On September 16, 2007, machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad's Nisour Square, leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children. The shooting spree, labeled Baghdad's Bloody Sunday," was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U.S. soldiers. The shooters were private forces working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide. This is the explosive story of a company that rose a decade ago from Moyock, North Carolina, to become one of the most powerful players in the War on Terror." In his gripping bestseller, award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us from the bloodied streets of Iraq to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to the chambers of power in Washington, to expose Blackwater as the frightening new face of the U.S. war machine.

Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781568583945
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 538 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 35 mm

"A crackling expose of the secretive military contractor Blackwater."--"The New York Times Book Review"

"[Scahill] is a one-man truth squad."--Bill Moyers

"[An] utterly gripping and explosive story."--Naomi Klein, "The Guardian"

"The biggest book of the amazingly researched and well-told story."--Matthew Rothschild, "The Progressive"

"Scahill's page-turning collection of intrigue and insight into the underworld of privatized warfare is well researched, thoroughly documented, and as a result extremely frightening."--"The Globe and Mail"

"Scahill provided me information...which I have not been able to get from the U.S. military...I have read more from Mr. Scahill, than I've got from our own government."--Representative Marcy Kaptur, Defense Appropriations Committee

"[T]his is no uninformed partisan screed...Meticulously documented and encyclopedic in's a comprehensive and authoritative guide...this book serves as a provocative primer for advancing the debate."--Bill Sizemore, Pulitzer-prize nominated journalist, "Virginian-Pilot"

"Andy McNab couldn't have invented this prescient tale of the private army of mercenaries run by a Christian conservative millionaire who, in turn, bankrolls the president. A chilling expose of the ultimate military outsource."--Christopher Fowler, "The New Review"'s "Best Books of 2007"

"Fascinating and magnificently documented...Jeremy Scahill's new book is a brilliant expose and belongs on the reading list of any conscientious citizen."--Scott Horton, International and Military Law Expert, Columbia University Law School

"At Blackwater USA, Jeremy Scahill's is the face they love to hate... [He is] perhaps the private military company's most dogged critic."

Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time"
"[Scahill's] book is so scary and so illuminating."

"The Guardian" (London)
"Blackwater being rarely out of the news lately, this is a very useful survey of modern mercenaries - or, as they prefer to be called, 'private security contractors' in the 'peace and stability industry'...Scahill is a sharp investigative writer."

Scarlett Johansson, actor
"It should be mandatory reading. It's very interesting - and scary."

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